Red Roof Inn
6404 Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Pittsburgh is where we learned to stop at the welcome centers along the highway and pick up the hotel travel coupon guides. These booklets are organized by town and give you the opportunity to stay in chain hotels at rock-bottom prices. Many of them also state on their coupons whether or not they accept pets. Hurray.
We called the Comfort Inn on the Steubenville Pike to see if they accepted pets. They said no even though in the tourism guide just put together by Pittsburgh it said they were pet friendly. Excuse me? So we headed over to the Red Roof Inn. This motel was huge, amazingly clean, inexpensive, and conveniently located. It did not include a mini-fridge or microwave (and I don’t think it had an in-room coffee maker but I can’t be certain). But the level of cleanliness was extremely impressive and the low price compensated for not receiving those extras.
Primanti Brothers (Robinson Location)
4501 Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
What a FUN place! We found Primanti’s sort of by accident – I did a search online to see what was close to our hotel and Primanti’s had a large number of good reviews, so we decided to give it a try. Jackpot! Great atmosphere, great food, great music, great prices, great service: all these came together at Primanti’s.
Our excellent waitress Casey was super nice and patient as we asked her our usual annoying questions. When she realized it was our first time in Primanti’s – and in Pittsburgh – she took the time to explain to us about the local dishes and specialties. We were a little chilled by the rainy weather that day, so David ordered a heaping bowl of chili, and I ordered a cup of excellent vegetable soup to go with my grilled chicken salad. The salad was so big we ended up sharing it. And let me tell you, it wasn’t like most restaurants which give you a salad with some chicken. This was a good amount of chicken on a salad, and it was excellent as well. Now, there is something I need to disclose about Pittsburgh – sandwiches and salads come with a special garnish – French fries. Yes, it sounds strange – but to someone who had to give up croutons on salads due to wheat intolerance – it was a nice change!
Kudos to Primanti’s and to Casey for giving us a meal and an experience we won’t forget.